Entrepreneurs and business owners constantly face intense competition in attracting new customers and retaining old ones. They must stand out and be original. Which is why people register their original creations with the United States Copyright Office, to legally protect the logo, design, literary work, architecture, etc., that they have spent so much time and money on.
But would you be able to do the same thing for, say, your homemade sugar cookies? Or any other food recipe for that matter?
Unfortunately, nope. Anyone can pass off your grandmother’s recipe that’s been passed through generations. “You can’t copyright the ingredients or steps necessary to make the cookie,” says Jane Ginsburg, professor at Columbia Law School.
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